Some of the most popular Unmanned Aerial Vehicle schools include the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Oklahoma State University and Indiana State University, as of 2016. These universities offer bachelor's degrees up to doctorate degrees.
The commercial and military applications of UAVs are expected to grow into an $82 billion-dollar industry by the year 2025, causing more schools to create programs and degree studies based around the technology. At schools such as the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, students have the option to choose between building drones and flying drones. Their Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science program is taken over 8 semesters and readies students to use drones for the military. The institution also offers a Master's of Unmanned Systems program for non-engineering students who have previously received their bachelor' degrees within the school or from another UAV technical school.
Kansas State University offers students the option for a full four-year unmanned aircraft bachelor's degree with the option to participate in real missions sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Defense, giving them access to otherwise restricted airspace such as the Smoky Hills Weapon Range. Students participating in such classes may require proof of U.S. citizenship as well for homeland security measures.